Securing Cement Asbestos In Buildings
Cement can be reinforced with fiber to make it stronger. This technique was invented in the late 19th century by an Austrian Ludwig Hatscheck where he mixed 90% cement with 10% asbestos fibers with water and then a cardboard machine was used to run the mixture. This is how cement asbestos was first made. This mixture was used as siding materials in houses due to its low production cost, water proof, light weight and fire resistant qualities. Also cement asbestos shingles were used to imitate wood siding in shape and appearance which were available as either twenty-four inches slides with either gray or green. However, after the harmful effects of asbestos were discovered in the early problems, cement asbestos was discontinued as a building material. Fibers from cement asbestos could be inhaled into the respiratory system and cause any number of respiratory illnesses that have been associated with cement asbestos. Therefore buildings with cement asbestos should either be demolished or have the offending material removed so that they can be fit for human occupation.
To remove cement asbestos in a safe and risk free process, there are guidelines that have to be observed by professionals and home owners alike. First, identifying the source or where the asbestos is located is key to removing the fibers. This involves searching where the asbestos are likely to have been used in buildings. Look at places like water fittings, the plaster on the walls and also shingles are the first places to search. After you have identified the cement asbestos make sure that you water it down before you begin the removal process. By using water, you make sure that the fibers are strongly held down so that the exercise of removing the asbestos does not free the particles or fibers that can be inhaled and cause respiratory complications. The next step after this is to free the cement asbestos materials. In this process, ensure that you also do not disturb the fibers. You should not scrap the surface as this will crush the cementasbestos into fine powder that can easily get into the respiratory system. Gently remove the contaminated area and put it inside an air proof plastic bag for disposal. If the material cannot be removed, you can alternatively use a PVC plastic cover to shield off the cementasbestos from the atmosphere. Two to three layers should be used so as to make sure that the asbestos is well contained. Painting over the asbestos is also a good way to shield it from the atmosphere and minimize the chances of the fibers being released into the atmosphere.
Remember that cementasbestos only becomes friable after its integrity has been compromised. This means that the asbestos will only become a health hazard if fibers are disturbed in such a way as to make them loose and thus spread through the air. So make sure that the asbestos in your home is either fully removed or if you keep it, make sure that it is not disturbed in any way. By following these guidelines, you will have a safe environment that does not present any health risks to you and your family.